Colonial and Revolutionary Americana and More July 12th

1st French edition of US Constitution

1st French edition of US Constitution

On Thursday, July 12th, PBA Galleries will host an auction of Fine Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography with over 700 lots of rare and interesting material, ranging from colonial America and the Revolution through to heady days of the Gold Rush, the tragedy of the Civil War, and the settling of the plains and mountain west, culminating in civil rights movements of the 20th century. Beyond the North American continent are voyages to the far reaches of the globe, and scarce historical accounts of the clashes of competing cultures. A large selection of maps shows the growth of geographic knowledge of the world, and charts the expansion of civilizations. The eclectic gathering includes printed books, manuscripts, letters, ephemera, photographs, maps, atlases, and much more.

The first French edition of the 1787 Federal Constitution of the United States is printed with the second edition of the constitutions of the thirteen original states in the 1792 Constitutions des Treize Etats-Unis de l’Amérique. The date of this edition is significant, coming in the midst of the French Revolution, at a point when the French revolutionaries were drafting their own constitution and this edition may have aided in that project. (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000)

Thomas Moran's Grand Canyon Chromolithograph

Thomas Moran’s Grand Canyon Chromolithograph

Two lots of graphic arts are featured in the sale. A majestic elephant folio chromolithograph of the Grand Canyon by Thomas Moran shows a tremendous sweep of the scenery from Hermit Run with the bright colors of the Canyon against the turbulent colors of the sky (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000). A second state print of the famous 1583 Jodocus Hondius portrait of Sir Francis Drake is generally considered the best contemporary portrait of the famed explorer (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Great-Britain’s Coasting Pilot, by Greenville Collins, contains 48 engraved plates, most of them double-page charts of ports, harbors and coasts of England, Scotland, and Wales, and printed on thick paper is featured from the Travel & Exploration part of the sale (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000). The first British edition of William Bartram’s Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida is a classic account of Southern natural history and exploration with much information on the Indian tribes of the south. (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Horn's Overland Guide

Horn’s Overland Guide

Additional highlights include three lots with ties to California and the West: the first edition of Hosea Horn’s Overland Guide from Council Bluffs to Sacramento, from 1852, is considered among the best guides of the Gold Rush period, and has a large folding map (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a prospectus or proof sheet for the first California newspaper, The Californian, Volume 1, Number 1, 1846, published in broadsheet format by Walter Colton and printed on the press used by California’s first printer, Agustin V. Zamorano (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); and a 1764 first English edition of The History of Kamtschatka, and the Kurilski Islands, by Stephan Krasheninnikov, which contains one of the earliest descriptions of Russian America (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Finally, featured from the Cartography section of the auction, H.H. Lloyd’s detailed wall map in pocket form, 12000 Square Miles Around New York City, published in 1866, shows the environs of New York City on a scale of two and one-half miles to the inch. The map extends from Long Branch on the Jersey Shore to Rhinebeck in the Hudson Valley; and from Patchogue on Long Island to Trenton, New Jersey. The map is so detailed that even blacksmith shops are located. (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000)

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, July 9th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10th and 11th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, July 12th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Art & Illustration with Asian Material to Delight on June 28th

Toyo Bijutsu Taikwan

Toyo Bijutsu Taikwan

On Thursday, June 28th, PBA Galleries will hold an Art & Illustration auction which will include Asian and Asian-American material. Over 360 lots will be up for bidding, featuring a remarkable gathering of works on the art, culture and literature of East Asia, primarily Japan and China, many with original woodblock illustrations, and including screen prints and lithographs by modern Japanese artists. The melding of eastern and western cultures is revealed in The Richard Harris Smith Collection of Asian-American Literature & Illustration, with primary and early examples of their work. Topping it off are illustrated books and original graphics from western cultures.

Two highlighted works showcase Asian art through the ages. “Toyo Bijutsu Taikwan” [The Collection of the Eastern Arts], from 1919, is offered in a rare complete 16 large volume set with superbly illustrated with Japanese and Chinese paintings and sculpture from all ages. There are eight volumes on Japanese paintings and woodblock prints, five on Chinese paintings, and three on sculptures with images reproduced in exactly the same style and time period as the originals including woodcuts printed on silk. (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000)

Osvald Sirén’s Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, in 4 volumes, is a rare complete set of this landmark work. Illustrated with 623 monochrome plates, it depicts over 900 specimens in stone, lacquer and wood, principally from Northern China. Sirén was a Swedish art historian who also wrote works on Chinese gardens and painting. (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000)

Tang Poetry

Tang Poetry

Other featured Asian works are: The Tomb of Painted Basket of Lo-Lang, a detailed archeological report of excavations of T’ang Dynasty tombs in present North Korea, and the discovery of an immaculately preserved painted basket (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); “Tonshi sen sho non” [T'ang Poetry], in 5 volumes, is a rare early 19th century printing, extensively illustrated with striking line cuts in sewn wrappers (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and a beautiful set of four long ink and watercolor pictorial scrolls from the latter 19th century recording Japanese impressions of Russia, her people, military, culture, etc. (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).
A highlight from The Richard Harris Smith Collection is the first novel by a Nisei, The Rendezvous of Mysteries, by Karl S. Nakagawa. Released in 1928, this is the first published novel written by an American-born person of Japanese ancestry, or Nisei, and is in the rare original dust jacket. (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500)

Textiles

Textiles

Rounding out the sale, other featured items include: an original pen and ink cartoon drawing by Charles Schulz featuring Snoopy as a golfer, done for the program of the 38th Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament at Pebble Beach, 1965 (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000); the quite rare Textiles by E.A. Seguy, c.1901, with twenty color lithographed plates of Art Nouveau designs for textiles (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); and a rare set of lithographed progressive proofs for Jean Charlot’s Picture Book, 1933, one of only five sets, of which four were bound, this one for Merle Armitage (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Original Snoopy cartoon drawing

Original Snoopy cartoon drawing

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, June 25th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26th and 27th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, June 28th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Record Prices Among Strong Results at May 31st Americana Auction

293557_1On May 31st, PBA Galleries offered a significant selection of rarities in their Americana with Manuscript Material – Travel & Exploration – Cartography Sale.

A rare First Edition of The Federalist, the highlight of the auction, justifiably considered the most important book in the political history of the United States, soared to $223,500 over an estimate of $80,000-120,000 in bustling bidding by a full bank of phone bidders. The Federalist, presenting essays by founding fathers James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, meant to convince state legislatures of the fragile confederation that had just gained independence from Great Britain, to combine in a United States with a common government and purpose under the new constitution. This copy of the rare 1788 first edition, of which only 500 copies were printed, was one of the exceptionally rare deluxe copies printed on thick superfine royal writing paper, the two volumes bound in contemporary sheep. The importance of the Federalist to the early development of the great political experiment that was the United States cannot be overstated. The strong price was the most a book has ever sold for at PBA Galleries, topping the $212,000 fetched by a first edition fetched in 2008 for a copy of the official account of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Signed by John AdamsA presentation copy of Jonathan Mayhew’s A Discourse, Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers; with some reflections on the resistance made to King Charles I bearing the signature of John Adams, the second President of the United States volleyed between two online bidders to reach $10,800. Estimated at $8,000- 12,000, the inscription for the presentation is not in Adams’ hand and although previous records named the recipient as daughter Abigail “Nabby” Smith, this is now thought to be in error and it is possible the book was presented to a more distant relation of Abigail Adams (nee Smith).

A typed letter, signed “Edgar.” 22 lines, on letterhead of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to Franklin Roosevelt’s special adviser Harry Hopkins in 1942, framed along with a copy of a newspaper article about the saboteurs, and a porcupine emblem they had carved while aboard a submarine sold for over twenty times the low estimate of $500 with a price realized of $10,200. J. Edgar Hoover relates that “When I saw you the other day, I believe I told you that the group of saboteurs who landed on Long Island from a German submarine had carved out, while on the submarine en route to the United States, miniature porcupines from aluminum. The reason that they selected the porcupine to be carved was because the submarine which they came on was named the ‘Porcupine.’ I am enclosing herewith two of these miniature porcupines, as I thought the President and you might like to have one each as a souvenir of this incident.” Four saboteurs landed on Long Island, and four more in Florida. Two of them surrendered, and gave information to the FBI which led to the capture of the other six. The two informants were given lengthy prison sentences (commuted by Harry Truman in 1948) – the other six were executed.
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The first appearance in a magazine of The Defence of Fort M’Henry, the four-stanza poem that was to become The Star-Spangled Banner, in the November 1814 issue of The Analectic Magazine commanded a price of $4,800 topping the high estimate of $3,500. In 1950 Carroll Wilson wrote in Familiar Quotations (page 391) about the rarity of this issue of The Analectic Magazine in wrappers, stating that “No other copy of this . . . number is known to have survived in original state.” Other copies have since come to light, but it is a rare survival. As Filby & Howard document, this issue of the Analectic Magazine was published in early November, 1814, about seven weeks after the famous bombardment; the poem’s appearance here is preceded by numerous newspaper appearances and a few separate printings in small broadside formats, but this is its first publication in a “permanent” format.

The Rough Riders, signed by author Theodore Roosevelt, trounced the presale estimate of $600-900 reaching a price of $3,600. This is Teddy Roosevelt’s own account of his heroic actions in Cuba when he famously charged San Juan Hill, catapulting him to the Governorship of New York, the Vice Presidency and the White House.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks. For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Spring Miscellany Offered May 17th

Mundus Alter et Idem...Authore Mercurio Britannico...Thomæ Campanellæ, Civitas Solis, et Nova Atlantis. Franc. Baconis...

Mundus Alter et Idem…Authore Mercurio Britannico…Thomæ Campanellæ, Civitas Solis, et Nova Atlantis. Franc. Baconis…

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, PBA Galleries will offer A Spring Miscellany of books in all fields, from literature, Americana, and children’s books to fine examples of illustration and press books, books about books, early printing, fine bindings, concert posters from San Francisco’s Summer of Love, and much more. Many of the books are offered without reserve, as are shelf lots of uncatalogued books.

One of the earliest works in the sale is a rare compilation of three imaginary voyages and works of utopian fiction from 1643. Published by Johannes Waesberg in Utrecht, the three influential works are Mundus Alter et Idem by Joseph Hall (in its third edition- first published in 1605); Civitas Solis, Ida Republic Philosophic by Thomas Campanella (in its second edition – first published in 1623); and Nova Atlantis by Francis Bacon (in its second edition – first published in 1638). Hall’s work is the earliest utopia set in Australia, and Campanella’s City of the Sun and Bacon’s New Atlantis were two of the most reprinted (often together with More’s Utopia and Harrington’s Oceana) of all the 17th century works on the ideal republic. (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500)

Scanlan's Monthly

Scanlan’s Monthly

Two highlights are from the mid-20th century. A fine set of the first seven issues of Scanlan’s Monthly, a short-lived publication which ran from March 1970 – January 1971 showcasing politically controversial muckraking. Edited by Warren Hinkle, it ultimately came under investigation by the FBI during the Nixon administration and was boycotted by printers as “un-American.” (Estimate: $800-$1,200) An original lithograph Stanley Mouse color poster features Bo Diddley and Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom. Printed in bright red and blue, the central image is of the Sonoma County Court House after the 1906 earthquake and advertises August 12-13, 1966 dates, just two months after Janis Joplin joined Big Brother and the Holding Company (Estimate: $600-$900).

Henrietta Shore by Jean Charlot

Henrietta Shore by Jean Charlot

From the Fine Press section of the sale are two featured lots. Taos Quartet by Merle Armitage, is his account of D.H. Lawrence’s sojourn in Taos, New Mexico, as a guest of Mabel Dodge Luhan (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500). Robinson Jeffers’ Poems, is one of 310 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, with an original signed photograph by Ansel Adams as the frontispiece, signed by Jeffers on the limitation page, and additionally inscribed by Jeffers to legendary Los Angeles bookseller Jake Zeitlin (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

One of only five sets of progressive proofs for Jean Charlot’s Picture Book of 32 original lithographs, is offered with an original watercolor by the artist. This offering is the set prepared for the famed book designer, Merle Armitage and is signed by him at the front of each volume. Inserted in the front of the first volume is the original watercolor inscribed to Armitage by Charlot (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000). Another lot in the sale with a lithograph by Charlot is Merle Armitage’s monograph on the California modernist painter, Henrietta Shore. The scarce work is limited to 200 copies and is illustrated with photographs by Edward Weston (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500).

Other featured lots include a first edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables in the original blind-stamped brown cloth. The Gothic tale was well received and later influenced the work of H. P. Lovecraft (Estimate: $600-$900). The First Rackham Edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales contains 12 color plates and is bound in full vellum and signed by the illustrator at the limitation statement (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, May 14th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15th and 16th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, May 17th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Rare Winnie-the-Pooh drawing offered April 19th

Original drawing of Winnie the Pooh

Original drawing of Winnie the Pooh

A rare Winnie-the-Pooh drawing highlights PBA Galleries April 19th sale of Illustrated & Children’s Books, Fine Printing, Art & Photography, and Books about Books sale. Included in the sale are 350 lots of striking and uncommon illustrated books and visual material, finely printed works in limited editions, scarce children’s books, and more, much of the material from the collection of the late Fred Bennett. Included are numerous books written by, designed, or with contributions by Merle Armitage; photographically illustrated books as well as original photographs; Golden Age illustrators Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen; rare artist’s books; and many more.

The original ink and watercolor depicts a joyful Winne-the-Pooh and his friend Piglet. Beautifully drawn by E. H. Shepard, the original illustrator for A. A. Milne’s timeless series of stories of Christopher Robin and friends, it is a rare colored image of Pooh not intended for publication.  Shepard has inscribed the card to his agent, Carter Brown. The illustrator rarely drew his most famous characters outside of his work for Milne (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000).

Original watercolor by Jean Charlot

Original watercolor by Jean Charlot

One of only five sets of progressive proofs for Jean Charlot’s Picture Book of 32 original lithographs, is offered with an original watercolor by the artist. One set of lithographs were divided among the edition in copies 1-32. The other four sets were bound in four volumes for the artist, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lynton R. Kistler and Merle Armitage. This offering is the set prepared for the famed book designer, Merle Armitage and is signed by him at the front of each volume. Inserted in the front of the first volume is the original watercolor inscribed to Armitage by Charlot (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

Joel Peter Witkin’s The Maxims of Men disclose Their Hearts, one of only 40 numbered copies (total edition of 47), contains 15 original platinum prints. Housed in a tan silk covered case, the two-volume set consists of one volume of text and a photographic reproduction of a Witkin journal and a second larger volume with the prints, each signed by the photographer (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). Another highlighted photographic work, Edward Weston: Nudes, by Charis Wilson, is accompanied with an original platinum photograph “Nude, 1920.” The photograph taken by Weston and printed by his son Cole, is included, as issued, in this limited-edition collection of Edward Weston’s sensuous nudes with excerpts from “The Daybooks and Letters” (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

From the Fine Press section of the sale are two featured lots. Taos Quartet by Merle Armitage, is his account of D.H. Lawrence’s sojourn in Taos, New Mexico, as a guest of Mabel Dodge Luhan. This is one of only 16 copies, of a book designed to be bound into the February 1951 issue of FLAIR and is inscribed by the author (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500). Robinson Jeffers’ Poems, is one of 310 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, with an original signed photograph by Ansel Adams as the frontispiece, signed by Jeffers on the limitation page, and additionally inscribed by Jeffers to legendary Los Angeles bookseller Jake Zeitlin. The beautiful production includes initials printed in orange-red which were designed by Valenti Angelo (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Andy Warhol's Children's Book

Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book

A rare signed first edition of Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book, is inscribed to John Fisher-Dann. Illustrated with classic Warhol outlines in bright hot colors, the book is also inscribed to Ernie, Fisher-Dann’s parrot, and is signed by Warhol on two other illustrations (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000). Also, for children is the Arthur Rackham illustrated Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Bound in the original full vellum, it contains 12 color plates and is one of 525 copies signed by Rackham (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, April 16th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17th and 18th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, April 19th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected].

1st Complete Edition of the Federalist Papers in Book Form On May 31st

293557Title: The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787
Author: [Hamilton, Alexander; John Jay; & James Madison]
Place: New-York
Publisher: Printed and Sold by J. and A. M’Lean
Date: 1788
Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000

Description:
2 volumes. vi, 227; vi, 384 pp. (a1-3, A-T6; a1-3, A-2I6. (12mo) 16.5×9.4 cm (6½x3¾”), period tree calf (or sheep?), spines ruled & numbered in gilt, morocco lettering pieces. First complete edition in book form.

293557_1Rare “thick paper” copy of the first edition of the seminal work on American political theory and a cornerstone of American constitutional governance, called by Wright Howes “the most famous and influential American political work.” Only 500 copies of the first edition were printed, and the present copy is one of the exceptionally rare examples printed on thick superfine royal writing paper. These copies were advertised by the publisher M’Lean in contemporary periodicals as the more deluxe version of this seminal document: “A few Copies will be printed on superfine royal writing paper, price ten shillings.” The importance of the Federalist to the early development of the great political experiment that was the United States cannot be overstated. The work comprised 85 political essays, all but the last 8 of which were first published in newspapers in New York, in an effort to convince New York to approve the Federalist Constitution. Alexander Hamilton wrote 51 of the essays, James Madison 14, and John Jay 5; the authorship of 15 of the essays is in dispute between Hamilton and Madison. They were all published under the pseudonym “Publius.” The first thirty-six numbers of The Federalist were here published in book form in March 1788, with the remaining forty-nine, together with the text of the Constitution, in May of that year. Upon its publication George Washington noted to Alexander Hamilton that the work “will merit the Notice of Posterity; because in it are candidly and ably discussed the principles of freedom and the topics of government, which will always be interesting to mankind” (George Washington, letter to Hamilton, Aug. 28, 1788). The present copy has an early and bold ink ownership signature at the top of p.[1] of each volume, “Lawr. Stuart” or possibly “James Stuart”; the very top of each of the signatures was slightly shaved when the volumes were bound, likely prior to 1820 or so. Church 1230; Evans 21127; Grolier, 100 American, 19; Howes H114; Printing and the Mind of Man 234; Sabin 23979; Streeter 1049. Provenance: Helen A. [Doolittle] and George R. Sanders.

Condition:
Some rubbing to covers and spines, corners a bit worn, joints scuffed and tender; only a few instances of minor foxing within, overall very clean and fine internally, the stitching quite tight.

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Ron Muszalski – Golf Collector

Picture1Ron Muszalski was long known to collectors as an expert in collection and restoration. He devoted 25 years, the last third of his life, to amassing his personal collection of golf books and ephemera (and playing golf, which he did near daily). The exceptional breadth of the collection reflects Ron’s genuine passion for golf and golf history. His restorations are painstaking and precise—a labor of love that will long outlive him. His son, Aaron, is pleased to give collectors this opportunity to appreciate and further his father’s work.

Picture2Ron learned to love golf as a teenager in Chicago, caddying at Medinah Country Club. He moved to San Francisco in the 1960s, where he worked at City Lights books, married and started a family. He moved to the Monterey Peninsula in the 1990s, becoming the manager of Cambridge Golf Antiquities in Pebble Beach, CA. It was during these years that he built his collection and honed his skill in book restoration and hand-crafted leather bindings.

Ron passed peacefully at age 81 on March 20, 2017, in Monterey, CA.

 

Swinging into the Spring PBA Golf Auction

1933 Medal Awarded to Bobby Jones

1933 Medal Awarded to Bobby Jones

On Thursday April 12th, PBA Galleries will host their spring Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia sale. On offer will be over 400 lots of golfing history including further selections from the library of Ron Muszalski and a selection of rare Bobby Jones memorabilia from the collection of John Burns, along with a variety of material from other collections.

A highlight of the sale is a prize medal once belonging to golfing legend, Bobby Jones. Awarded for his participation on the winning Warner Brothers Team in the 1933 Motion Picture Tournament. It was the first tournament Jones played since giving up his amateur status and after completing the Grand Slam in 1930. The majority of Jones’ medals reside in the USGA museum, making this a rare opportunity to add one to a private collection (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

Other featured lots with connections to Bobby Jones include: a photograph taken by George S. Pietzcker of Jones and Gene Sarazen on the green at Fresh Meadows Country Club in 1932 the day after Sarazen won the US Open with a letter of provenance from the Gene and Mary Sarazen Foundation (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000); one of only 300 signed limited first edition copies of Jones’ Down the Fairway, a cornerstone work and considered one of the most sought after golf books of the 20th century (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000); and the Bobby Jones Sports King Gum trading card, one of the rarest of golf sports trading cards and seldom seen at auction (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Original Snoopy Cartoon

Original Snoopy Cartoon

An original cartoon drawing by Charles Schulz has Snoopy asking Woodstock to “Go ask Nathaniel if we’re playing Mulligans.” It is one of a series of four single panel cartoons printed in the program for the 38th Big Crosby Pro-Am tournament at Pebble Beach in 1978. The strip first appeared in 1958 and again in 1965 before its use in the Pro-Am program. A copy of the complete program is included and is framed with the drawing (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000).

Also up for sale is possibly the only known copy of what appears to be the earliest American golf guide, Wright & Ditson’s Guide to American Golf for 1895. It is believed to be one of the first four American golf books overall. The contents include the USGA Constitution and By-Laws, instructions for laying out a course, a list of clubs, hints on play and detailed results for the competitions of 1894. Editions from 1897, 1899, & 1900 have been located but only this copy from 1895; the USGA Library possesses a 1900 edition (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

1895 Guide to American Golf

1895 Guide to American Golf

Other highlighted lots in the sale include: an inscribed and signed in the year of publication, first edition of Walter Camp’s Drives and Puts in the very rare original dust jacket designed by Amy Sacker (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); the profusely illustrated first “Subscribers’ Edition” of The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf by Harold H. Hilton and Garden G. Smith published in 1912, and recognized as one of the most magnificent books in the library of golf (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and Hayden Carruth’s humorous A Hand-book of Golf for Bears in which each letter of the alphabet plays a part in describing golf and is illustrated with a charming drawing of bears playing the game (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, April 9th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10th and 11th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, April 12th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A Literature and Fine Books Sale Decree

Coleridge's Christabel, Kubla Khan and The Pains of Slep

Coleridge’s Christabel, Kubla Khan and The Pains of Slep

On Thursday, April 5th, PBA Galleries will kick off their spring auction season with a sale of Fine Literature & Fine Books. Included in the sale are over 450 lots of fine, rare, and uncommon books, including early literature, poetry, philosophical works, science and medicine, history, religion, and much more.

Highlighting the sale is the first appearance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Christabel; Kubla Khan, A Vision; and The Pains of Sleep. Published in 1816 these are three of the most highly acclaimed poems of the Romantic period. The result of an opioid induced dream, Kubla Khan is a fragment of what Coleridge was intending to write. He was interrupted as he was poetically describing the images from his dream and he was unable to finish it after the distraction. However, it is one of the most frequently quoted poems and immediately transports the reader/listener to the exotic and interesting place of Xanadu (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

Lagrange's Mchanique Analitique

Lagrange’s Mchanique Analitique

Méchanique Analitique by Joseph Louis Lagrange, is his foundation work on analytical mechanics, extending and developing the work of Isaac Newton. This first edition, published in Paris in 1788, transformed theoretical mechanics into a system from which fundamental equations describing the motions of any systems of bodies could be derived, by combining the principle of virtual velocities with d’Alembert’s principle. In the preface, Lagrange notes the absence of diagrams in the book, which he believed the lucidity of his own presentation had rendered unnecessary (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

One of the earliest works in the sale is the first Aldine edition of the Opera of Cornelius Tacitus, from 1534. The press, known for its editions of Greek and Latin classics, was under the stewardship of Aldus’ son, Paulus Manutius when this edition was published. Tacitus is considered one of the greatest Roman historians living during the Silver Age of Latin literature (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Emblemata by Johan de Brune

Emblemata by Johan de Brune

The captivating Emblemata by Johan de Brune, contains a full page pictorial title page and 51 half page copper-engraved illustrations of 17th century Dutch life. The 1624 Amsterdam publication shows such depictions as a doctor bleeding a woman with leeches; serenading with interesting musical instruments; playing the parlor game “drop the handkerchief”; rolling a huge snowball; tapping a keg of beer; playing cards; and many others (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

A collection of three influential imaginary voyages and works of utopian fiction is also featured: Mundus Alter et Idem by Joseph Hall (in its third edition – first published in 1605); Civitas Solis, Ida Republic Philosophic by Thomas Campanella (in its second edition – first published in 1623); and Nova Atlantis by Francis Bacon (in its second edition – first published in 1638. Hall’s work is the earliest utopia set in Australia, and Campanella’s City of the Sun and Bacon’s New Atlantis were two of the most reprinted (often together with More’s Utopia and Harrington’s Oceana) of all the 17th century works on the ideal republic. This 1643 publication contains an engraved title page and five folding maps (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, April 2nd, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3rd and 4th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, April 5th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Joseph Smith and MLK Rarities in March 22nd Sale

Joseph Smith's The Voice of Truth

Joseph Smith’s The Voice of Truth

PBA Galleries will offer The Voice of Truth by Mormon founder Joseph Smith and two early letters written by civil rights leader Martin Luther King on Thursday, March 22nd. In addition, the Americana, Travel & Exploration, World History and Cartography sale will include over 400 lots of rare and collectible material, with printed books, original letters, diaries and other manuscript items, photographs, ephemera, maps, views and more. There will be key pieces on the history of the United States and the Americas, revealing the political, economic, social and cultural evolution of the New World. Travels to the far reaches of the world are also present; from the frozen lands of Antarctica to the torrid deserts and jungles of Africa. And the accumulation of geographic and cartographic knowledge over the centuries is demonstrated by a selection of maps from the 16th through 20th centuries.

 

The exceedingly rare The Voice of Truth contains correspondence between Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and General James Arlington Bennett, John C. Calhoun, and Henry Clay as well as an appeal to the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont. In these letters, Smith seeks retribution for the 1838 Missouri Mormon War to no avail. This first edition, printed by John Taylor in Nauvoo, Illinois, also contains Smith’s final sermon, the King Follett discourse from April 7, 1844, less than three months before his death. The discourse is notable in its controversial suggestion that God was once a mortal and that mortals can become gods (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000).

 

Early Letters by Martin Luther King Jr

Early Letters by Martin Luther King Jr

The two early letters from Martin Luther King date from his time at Boston University where he studied in the University’s School of Theology. The first letter, typewritten in Atlanta, asks Dean Charles Alter for his assistance in locating living accommodations near campus. The second letter is a handwritten petition on a Boston University form and requests additional class hours towards his graduate degree which he received in 1955. These are rare and unique glimpses into the education of the great Civil Rights leader (Estimate: $20,00-$30,00).

 

Engravings of Italy

Engravings of Italy

Highlights from the travel section of the sale include Pen Sketches of Los Angeles, 1896, with sketches and photographs of the growing metropolis, a superb historical record of the economic and industrial history of Los Angeles (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a bound volume of 18th & 19th century engravings of Italy, including the rare “Téâtro prospetico fabriche più considerabili della città di Padova” which features topography, public buildings, streets, squares and other areas of interest of Padua, and, of which, only two copies are recorded (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and a superb album of albumen photographs of Egypt, with Cairo street scenes, pyramids, temples & the sphinx, Aswan & the Nile, plus some of Greek ruins many of which are captioned by hand (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

 

Ortelius' World Map

Ortelius’ World Map

The world map, Typus Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius, was the first world map included in his famed atlas, beginning in 1570 and continuing through sixteen editions. It a simplified one-sheet reduction of the large world map by Gerard Mercator which appeared the year before (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000). Also featured in the sale is Sebastien Münster’s influential woodcut map of the Americas, 1545, which was crucial in establishing the name “America” to the newly discovered continents (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and the rare two-volume Philadelphia edition of Alexander Mackenzie’s Voyages from Montreal… to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans, with three important maps (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).
The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, March 19th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20th and 21st, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, March 22nd, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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